Ehe Barcelona forgot the setback in the Endesa League against Valencia Basket at the Palau with a prestigious victory against CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague.
The Catalans, with eight victories and two defeats, tie with Armani Miln and Madrid at the top of the qualifying table.
The Russians, who have lost four of their last five games, are immersed in a game and results crisis that continued this Wednesday despite not losing face to the duel until the end.
The Bara needed to resort to the pike to impose itself on the Itoudis group. Without the injured Higgins, Mirotic needed 17 minutes to hit the opponent’s basket. Then it would be decisive with 21 points, eight rebounds and 27 valuation.
With two erratic teams in the shot, the score was normal after the first quarter: 13-13. Calathes set the pace that interested his people. An 8-0 run opened the first big gap in scoring: 36-24.
Shved, the Moscow reference, was missing. S appeared on the parquet Nikola Milutinov, after a serious knee injury that left him without playing practically all of last season.
At this point, he is not the pvot that Olympiacos signed with the checkbook and he was left with the scoreboard blank.
Kuric appeared for the Barcelona fans to maintain a comfortable income, 38-27, at halftime. CSKA was beginning to show the reasons that have led it to hang the dubious poster of the worst defense in the Euroleague.
The visitors were only better on the rebound: 15 to 20. It was of little use to them. Kuric was again lethal from the triple at the start of the third quarter: 41-27
The Russians responded with three consecutive 3-pointers from Voigtmann to hold on to the game. Jasikevicius was forced to request an emergency time-out to refresh his ideas.
The 0-10 run got CSKA back into the fight. The sequence was lengthened to 7-25. The Russians were ahead, 45-52, with a class of unopposed throws. It was already six triples in five minutes. Saras asks her players what they were doing on the court.
Smits came out to toughen the defense after the Barça coach received a technique for protesting a clear foul on Sergi Martinez.
Grigonis finished the triples festival with ninth in the fourth to leave a score of 51-60. Mirotic, the highest paid player in Europe, was still on the bench.
The Russians went on to win 51-61. In case the Bara didn’t have enough problems, Calathes had a physical mishap. In the environment and on the court, Higgins is greatly missed, an insurance when the ball burns the most.
Mirotic’s caste and class came to the fore when his team needed it most. The 10-point difference had been reduced, 62-61, with seven minutes to go.
The stands created and woke up. CSKA got stage fright. The partial was 11-0 and it was 30-13.
Barcelona, apart from talent, has a winning character. Voigtmann’s hot hand was not enough for the visitors.